News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

23 Defendants Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking and
Weapons Charges

SEP 30 -- AUGUSTA, GA - A federal indictment, unsealed yesterday in federal court, has charged 23 defendants with a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, prescription pills and ecstasy in the Thomson, Georgia area. Several of the defendants have also been charged with weapons charges.

The indictment follows a 12-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into drug trafficking activities in Thomson and Atlanta. Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conducted the joint investigation. During the investigation, agents seized drugs, money, vehicles, and guns.

United States Attorney Edward Tarver said, “This prosecution required the coordinated efforts of law enforcement on the state and federal levels to bring to justice those who profit from the scourge of illegal narcotics trafficking. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to partner with federal, state and local agencies to prosecute drug dealers and remove their drugs and dangerous weapons from our communities.”

The 23 defendants indicted on federal charges include:

WILLIAM LEON WOODS III, 30, of Atlanta, Georgia

KEVIN ELLIOTT GAINES, 29, of Thomson, Georgia

ANTONIO DANTWAN GRISSON, 27, of Thomson, Georgia

EDDIE DEWAYNE GALISON, 27, of Thomson, Georgia

GREGORY VALENTINO IVEY, 24, of Thomson, Georgia

SOLOMON MANDRELL GRIER, 32, of Thomson, Georgia

DEVICCO TROY MOSS, 29, of Thomson, Georgia

CEDRIC FERLANDO JOHNSON, 30, of Thomson, Georgia

ROBERT LEE BELTON, JR, 32, of Thomson, Georgia

CHRIS ANTONIO MOSS, 33, of Thomson, Georgia

SANTIONO TYWAN CARTLEDGE, 29, of Thomson, Georgia

TITO NAVADA HATCHER, 37, of Sparta, Georgia

ERNEST ROYMETTRIS HATCHER, 28, of Sparta, Georgia

SANCHEZ VANQUIS JONES, 27, of Thomson, Georgia

ROBERT LEE WILLIAMS, 31, of Thomson, Georgia

ROBERT LEE NEAL, 49, of Thomson, Georgia

JAMES BOUTTRY, JR., 24, of Thomson, Georgia

JAMARIO QUILTON LEE, 26, Thomson, Georgia

MARIO DEANGELO CLEMONS, 28, of Thomson, Georgia

QUANTAVIOUS ANTWAIN DAWSON, 26, of Thomson, Georgia

CHRISTINE MICHELLE WILLINGHAM, 36, of Appling, Georgia

APRIL OLIVIA DAWSON, 37, of Thomson, Georgia, and

DEBRA GAINES, 48, of Thomson, Georgia.

Mr. Tarver stressed that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The Defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorneys Patricia Green Rhodes is prosecuting the case for the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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